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'The Wedding Singer' Takes the Stage at Pine-Richland With Big Hair and Big Greed

Comedy set in the 1980s celebrates big hair and good times.

They’re baaaaack!

The '80s, that is, in ’s 2012 spring musical, The Wedding Singer. It’s a wild and crazy romp through the era of big hair, big phones and big greed.

This year the show is being held at due to construction at the high school.  Dates are March 15-17 and 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be ordered by sending an email to musicaltickets@pinerichland.org. For more information and a cast list, click here.  Accompanying photos are from a recent, daylong rehearsal.

The Wedding Singer follows Robbie Hart, a nice guy who once seemed to have a future as a rock star, but has settled, happily, into his role as a wedding singer with his bandmates, Sammy and George.

He’s engaged to be married to Linda, but at his own wedding he’s left at the altar after Linda decides she doesn’t want to be married to a guy who “sings while people chew and lives in his grandma’s basement.”

Devastated, Robbie realizes he can no longer perform at weddings, so decides to try to find alternate employment, with disastrous, and hilarious, results.

Meanwhile, his friendship with waitress, Julia Sullivan, is growing into something more serious, but Julia’s engaged to Glen Gulia, a slimy Wall Street-type with questionable morals both financially and romantically.   

Robbie and Julia's friends and family, including Julia's wild cousin Holly and Robbie's Grandma Rosie, can see that the couple are meant to be together, but Julia and Robbie don’t seem to be able to make that happen.

In the end, Ronald Reagan, Billy Idol, Cindi Lauper, Tina Turner and Imelda Marcos step in and try to stall the wedding of Glen and Julia until Robbie can arrive in Vegas and declare his love.

Will Robbie and Julia get together?  Will Holly decide that "stupid" Sammy is the only guy for her? Will Glen get his comeuppance? Will Imelda have fabulous shoes?  Slip on your leg warmers, tease up your hair, fluff out your parachute pants and come to the show and find out!  

Mallory Mason March 23, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I just want to say how very disappointed I am that I cannot take my 10 year old to this play. After seeing last year's show he and I decided to make this a tradition because we had so much fun. Upon reading a review in the PG that alluded to this show as 'mature' I asked around to see what the deal was. I am horrified to hear that our district has decided to go with this particular play. It is in no way suitable for children-'perhaps' high school kids but most definitely not middle school on down. A play put on for the public at CONSIDERABLE tax payer expense should be sutiable for all ages. And I don't want to hear that it would be "censorship" to not put on the play that they want. This is a SCHOOL PLAY!!! If the directors and actors would like to perform in this kind of play there are so many venues that are open to them.
Kelly Burgess March 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM
As the article in the PG stated, this play has been edited for mature content. It is entirely suitable for all ages and all ages have been attending and enjoying it very much. There is one very mild, very funny, discussion of the proper type of wedding kiss, but it is in no way offensive. In addition, the musical program at PRHS is almost entirely self-supporting and does not affect your tax bill. I don't know who you "asked around" about this, but they obviously have not seen the show.

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